George VI, also known as Bertie, was the King of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952. Originally the Duke of York, he succeeded his elder brother, Edward VIII, after Edward's abdication on 10 December 1936. George VI was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II, in 1952.
When the Doctor found that Edward VII had disappeared along with Balmoral Castle in 1902, he warned that the future of the royal family, along with the rest of history, was threatened. He said that, along with the rest of his successors, there would be no George VI. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)
After Edward VIII's abdication on 10 December 1936, the Duke of York ascended to the throne as George VI. Lady Jennifer Buckingham described "Bertie" as a "terribly sweet" yet a "so shy, poor man." She attributed this to having being overshadowed by his elder brother all his life as well as his stammer, which she anticipated would hinder his capability to manage public speeches. The Sixth Doctor suggested that he would "rise to the occasion", which Buckingham concurred with, suggesting that the "very practical and sensible" Elizabeth would be able to build up his confidence. (PROSE: Players)
Behind the scenes
- He was played by James Wilby in Bertie and Elizabeth, Iain Glen in Into the Storm, Samuel West in Hyde Park on Hudson and James Purefoy in Churchill.
- According to a sighting report sent to Whoisdoctorwho.co.uk by someone named Daniel Roberts, there was photographic evidence that the Ninth Doctor was present for George VI's coronation.